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About the project

Artists are at the heart of everything we do – we’ve been championing them since 1768 and firmly believe in nurturing young talent and celebrating the next generation of artists.

Taking inspiration from the annual Summer Exhibition, the Young Artists’ Summer Show is an opportunity for young artists aged 5 - 19 years to exhibit their work online and on-site at the Royal Academy.

The project is generously supported by Robin Hambro, a passionate advocate for the importance of access to art, and the benefits of encouraging the arts, for children and young people.

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Key dates

Registration opens

January 2021

Submission deadline

April 2021


May 2021

Exhibition open

July 2021

“Nothing could prepare me for when we found my art on the walls of the Royal Academy, all I could do was smile and squeak with joy! I was so proud and I could see all my family were so proud of me as well.
It was a day I will never forget.”

Eva, Year 5

Eva, Year 5, views her work at the Royal Academy.


A panel of passionate and award-winning artists and arts professionals selected the chosen artworks to exhibit either online or on-site at the Royal Academy. The on-site exhibition will be curated by Cathie Pilkington RA, Artist and Keeper of the RA Schools.

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"It has been really moving to see the positivity and complexity in the young people’s imagery and the ambitious and inventive use of materials - perhaps amplified by self-isolation. This show is a real blast of young energy for the RA."

Cathie Pilkington RA

Artist & Keeper of the RA Schools

Primary school judges

Bob and Roberta Smith, Artist

Bob and Roberta Smith RA


Rebecca Lyons, Director of Collections and Learning

Rebecca Lyons

Director of Collections and Learning

Sofía Clausse, RA Schools Student

Sofía Clausse

RA Schools student

Millie Layton, RA Schools Student

Millie Layton

RA Schools student

Secondary school judges

Cathie Pilkington RA, Artist

Cathie Pilkington RA

Artist & Keeper of the RA Schools

Eliza Bonham Carter, Curator & Head of RA Schools

Eliza Bonham Carter

Curator & Head of RA Schools

Catinca Malaimare, RA Schools Student

Catinca Malaimare

RA Schools student

James Lomax, RA Schools Student

James Lomax

RA Schools student


Prizes are awarded to two inspiring artworks from each key stage, as chosen by President of the Royal Academy, Rebecca Salter. Members of the public are also able to vote for their favourite artwork in the People’s Choice Award. All prizewinners receive vouchers for art materials and a free practical workshop for their school. View the 2020 prizewinners here.

Frequently asked questions

Find everything you need to know about the Young Artists' Summer Show.

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Duha, Year 10, painting in class.

“Being in the Young Artists’ Summer Show was a new and exciting experience for me. It’s given me confidence to continue with my artwork.”

Duha, Year 10

More for teachers and schools

Browse all upcoming events for teachers including private views, practical workshops and conferences. Download the latest resources about our exhibitions and permanent Collection and get more information about our programme of school workshops and tours.

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